Saturday, June 7, 2008

South of France hand soap

I'm biased against bad packaging. I know... it means I probably bypass good products and spend more on cleaning products overall, but as some of you know, I'm an ex-design professor. So when I told my husband he could pick out our hand soap and he returned with a brand called "South of France" whose label design I wasn't overly fond of, I kind of assumed it couldn't be that great. It looked so "generic drugstore brand"!
The texture though, was totally different from any hand soap I've tried before. It's creamier somehow, and a lot more moisturizing. I really like it! The "green tea" scent doesn't smell like actual green tea to me (as usual), but it's quite fresh and herby.

Apparently this hand soap is "kettle cooked in small batches using a traditional recipe from Marseille". Well, that's kind of cool. The company makes bar soaps too. It contains essential oils and no SLS. Judging from the reviews floating around online, people either love it or hate it.

And, to combat purchasing for aesthetic reasons, I found a great site the other day: debranded home. They encourage you to make your own personal care products, and/or to purchase in larger quantities and refill plain jars. We do this! We have lovely recycled glass soap dispensers that we refill with hand soap. It's a fun site.


jmholsin said...

I would love to see a picture of the soap dispesers you use; this isn't the first time they've been mentioned. I've been looking for something to fulfill that purpose myself, and just haven't come across any that I found pretty... yet.

lisbet said...

@jmholsin Sorry for the delay. I got recycled glass bottles, so they're not super glamorous but I like being able to see the soap.

I don't like that the pump is plastic and not metal, but it does keep it from rusting over time.

I like the soap dispensers at too.

number1mobyfan said...

I love this soap. I have the liquid shea one. I'm a design fan and didn't find the design to be that boring. It's not exciting but not off-putting to me either.

LĂ­gia said...

Hi, I use Nubian Heritage soaps and South of France soaps. They smell delicious! The best soaps ever!
I always buy them at
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